NEW YORK CITY (June 23, 2017) — The first week of Jumpstart’s NYC Summer Bridge Program began last Monday, kicking off with one of Jumpstart’s core storybooks, Whistle For Willie, by Ezra Jack Keats. Children explored this engaging story with their new Jumpstart friends, discussed new vocabulary words, and learned more about how and why shadows are created. In Center Time, children engaged in a variety of activities — art, writing, and dramatic play — all relating back to the story’s vocabulary and themes.
While Jumpstart’s program typically involves serving children throughout 20+ weeks during the program year, the Jumpstart Summer Bridge Program meets an important need: reaching the many children who could not access Jumpstart during the school year. The summer program offers an opportunity for these children to start to develop the key literacy, language, and social-emotional skills they will need when they enter kindergarten in just a few months.
Our Summer Bridge program brings together 36 Corps members from different colleges across the country, and kicks off with two weeks of training before their eight weeks of classroom service. The trainings delve into specific techniques for improving the language, literacy, and social-emotional development of preschool students, as well as best practices for working with children with special needs.
The summer program will serve 25 classrooms of children in 5 partner preschool agencies across Manhattan, Queens, the Bronx, and Brooklyn, serving over 400 preschool children in New York who do not receive Jumpstart during the regular school year.
Through the Jumpstart NYC Summer Bridge Program, we are working to ensure that every child receives high-quality early education programming and enters the next school year prepared to succeed!